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The Best English Actresses Working Today

Updated April 21, 2020 13.5k votes 1.8k voters 41.1k views54 items

List RulesEnglish actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great English actresses throughout film history, but which female ones are the greatest working right now? This list ranks today's best Hollywood female actors hailing from England, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actresses are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated English actresses working today from best to worst. These great actresses are all from somewhere in England, but are popular actors all over the world. Today's top English actors go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are gorgeous to boot!

The greatest English actresses working today who are ranked on this list include Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Andrews, Tilda Swinton, Kate Beckinsale, and Emma Watson. If there’s an actresses listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote her up. If the actresses you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best actresses from England who are currently working. 
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  • 1
    425
    176

    Maggie Smith

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 2
    385
    196

    Helena Bonham Carter

    Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 3
    340
    166

    Emma Thompson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 4
    417
    220

    Kate Winslet

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 5
    315
    153

    Helen Mirren

    Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt
  • 6
    422
    230

    Emily Blunt

    Looper, The Muppets
  • 7
    618
    290

    Emma Watson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 8
    417
    227

    Keira Knightley

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • 9
    376
    202

    Judi Dench

    Casino Royale, Skyfall
  • 10
    316
    160

    Emilia Clarke

    Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway
  • 11
    273
    150

    Rachel Weisz

    Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy
  • 12
    225
    123

    Rosamund Pike

    Pride & Prejudice, The World's End
  • 13
    200
    133

    Naomi Watts

    King Kong, The Ring
  • 14
    261
    148

    Kate Beckinsale

    Pearl Harbor, Underworld
  • 15
    204
    153

    Lena Headey

    300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • 16
    225
    163

    Julie Andrews

    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins
  • 17
    179
    133

    Tilda Swinton

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • 18
    111
    80

    Julie Walters

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 19
    141
    91

    Felicity Jones

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything
  • 20
    146
    140

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Mission: Impossible, Cars 2
  • 21
    84
    66

    Emily Watson

    Corpse Bride, Red Dragon
  • 22
    129
    120

    Carey Mulligan

    The Great Gatsby, Drive
  • 23
    111
    98

    Thandiwe Newton

    Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • 24
    83
    80

    Imelda Staunton

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 25
    134
    133

    Gemma Arterton

    Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace